Feminist Peace Initiatives: The Human Cost of Palm Oil Plantations in Indonesia

Study on human and women's rights on oil palm plantations

The global demand for palm oil is increasing, although the palm oil industry has been heavily criticised. The Indonesian non-governmental organisation Sawit Watch has been researching the conditions of workers on oil palm plantations for many years. With support from our  Feminist Peace Initiatives, the Sawit Watch research team conducted a study focusing on the link between the use of private security personnel and violations of human and women's rights on oil palm plantations in Central Kalimantan, North Kalimantan and Bengkulu as well as on the precarious working conditions there. For our Feminists Connecting for Peace magazine on demilitarisation, we interviewed Hotler “Zidane” Parsaroan from Sawit Watch.

With the Feminist Peace Initiatives, we finance projects that are developed in our network so that inputs from transnational exchange formats can be translated into local activities.